Sons Of War Book 1 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith Narrared by Ray Porter

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Things are bad in America. Riots. Huge crowds are fighting for food. Nukes are going off. We have 15 states left. The military and law enforcement are comprised. It’s a horrible time in America.

Too close for comfort in our current environment.

Action-packed. Great characters which were are well defined—fast-moving. Multiple characters tell their part of this nightmare. Some are benefiting nicely.

I am looking forward to the second one.

River Runs Backwards. Detective Winston Mystery Radhauser #9. By Susan Clayton-Goldberg

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Detective Radhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience. Time is not on his uncles side unfortunately. Radhauser returns to the house he called home as far back as he can remember.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in his aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes. She works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how about his childhood and how he wound up living with his Aunt and Uncle. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor.

This book is all about Radhauser. What makes Radhauser the man he surfaces. Wind entire life is in a Detective Tadhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in—his aunt and uncle. Uncle Roger wants to come clean to Wind on his death bed. But time is not on Roger’s side. His aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes, and she works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how detective Radhauser, also known as Wind. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor of anger and sorrow. I learned the kind of man Detective Winston Radhauser is. I can not wait for book 10!

Dark River by Avery Jenkins

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Asa Cire took a bus to a small New England town, Nemaseck, seven years ago. This is

Asa’s story. Asa buys and sells expensive and hard to find antiques of all kinds. For some reason, an old business associate has found him.

Asa starts asking questions about an unsolved murder that happened 20 years ago. He has decided he must solve the murder of a 14-year-old girl. Since Asa inserted himself into this dead girl’s murder and accepted some work from that old business associate, it seems Asa has a target on his back. He just wanted a quiet, under the radar life.

Asa realizes he has no idea what he did with his life before coming to Nemaseck; he is slowly discovering this and trying to figure things out. Asa has people trying to kill and is stunned about the ease he handles these dire situations.

I miss reading Dark River. I enjoyed it. The story is well written. The characters are a part of the mystery. The foundation of the book flows from page one. Rarely does a story grow with so many factors, and before you know it, the story has taken you on a journey you didn’t even know exists.

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Other Fires A Novel by Lenore H. Gay

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Other Fires is a character-driven story. Each character has their chapters. This format gives the reader that character’s perspective. Instead of reading a book, the characters tell the story. Each character is well defined.

Terpe is a third-grade girl. The older of two children in this family. The other child is a baby girl. Terpe and her mother Joss are the main characters. This book tells their story through the eyes of a kid and the eyes of a woman. Joss grows through introspective thinking while Terpe sees life as more black and white. Right and wrong.

Phil is the father/husband. At the beginning of Other Fires, this family of four’s house goes up in flames in the middle of the night. Phil sustains severe head and brain injuries landing him in the hospital and rehab for the duration of the story. When Phil is ready to see people, he swears Joss is not his wife. She’s an imposter. He remembers everyone else. This medical condition following an injury to the brain does exist. The choices Phil has made since Joss and he had the second baby girl very questionable, to say the least.

Other Fires is about how this family gets through this crisis. Adam is an electrician hired to work on the burned up part of the house. Adam is quite a character himself. He’s a bachelor living alone.

The thing about this book is how well the characters are written. You meet them for the first time when their first chapter appears. It’s natural to form an opinion as each character develops. All the characters are very complex.

Each character comes to life on their own and as seen through the other characters. Terpe tells about her friends. Joss, her mom, has a surprisingly different take on these friends. Adam, on his own, comes off as slow. Surprisingly, he is a different person when he meets Joss. It seems every chapter has something surprising in it.

I found this book stunning. The saying don’t judge a book by its cover is the only way to describe this book. A love story. A tragedy. Very unpredictable and suspenseful.

River Running Backwards A Wintson Radhauser Mystery #9 by Susan Clayton-Goldener

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Detective Radhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience. Time is not on his uncles side unfortunately. Radhauser returns to the house he called home as far back as he can remember.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in his aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes. She works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how about his childhood and how he wound up living with his Aunt and Uncle. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor.

This book is all about Radhauser. What makes Radhauser the man he surfaces. Wind entire life is in a Detective Tadhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in—his aunt and uncle. Uncle Roger wants to come clean to Wind on his death bed. But time is not on Roger’s side. His aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes, and she works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how detective Radhauser, also known as Wind. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor of anger and sorrow. I learned the kind of man Detective Winston Radhauser is. I can not wait for book 10!